We have some restrictions in place to protect the safety, health, and privacy of our patients and their families. We are not able to accept items that do not meet these guidelines. Please make sure your donation counts!

Due to privacy regulations and infection control policies, a UI Health Care Guest Services staff member will accept donations on behalf of the hospital. We will make sure that items go where they are needed most.

  • All items must be new.
  • All items must come from smoke-free, dust-free, and pet-free environments.
  • All fabric items must be made from new materials and wrapped in plastic for delivery.
  • All pins – safety pins and straight pins – must be removed from all donations.
  • Donations should not be gift-wrapped.
  • We cannot accept food items past their labeled expiration dates.
  • To protect patient privacy names of current and former patients cannot be included with gifts.

PDF iconPlease complete a donation form, and bring a copy along with your donation.

We accept donations at the UI Hospitals & Clinics Main Entrance, near Concierge Services, on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Unacceptable items - For health and security reasons, we cannot accept:

  • Handmade toys due to toy regulations for quality and safety
  • Handmade cards
  • Oversized stuffed animals
  • Used items
  • Anything latex
  • Candy
  • Fleece baby hats
  • Riding toys
  • Violent toys or games or toy weapons
  • Used medical equipment (Iowa Compass)
  • Art (Project Art)
  • Any food that is not prepackaged

Wish List

The following items are very popular with our patients and their families at all times.

  • Gift cards (especially from Target, Walmart, restaurant chains, UI Hospitals & Clinics Food and Nutrition Services, Volunteer Services, IMU Book Store, iTunes, and local hotels)
  • Iowa Hawkeye gifts and apparel, all sizes
  • Toiletry items (travel-size shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, lip balm, mouthwash, etc.)
  • Individually wrapped non-perishable snacks that have not exceeded the expiration date on the label
  • DVD's and games rated G, PG, and PG-13
  • New Clothing (Some patients' clothing is damaged due to their illness and injury.)
    • Adult-size sweatshirts and elastic-waist sweat pants of all sizes
    • Sweatpants for children ages 3-10
    • Underwear and socks for adults and children of all sizes
    • Halo SleepSacks from the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Safety Store
  •  Craft Supplies:
    • Crayons and coloring books
    • Washable markers
    • Individual craft sets for various ages and genders
    • Crayola Color Wonder sets
    • Discovery Kids craft kits
    • Model cars for varying abilities
    • Modeling clay
    • Modle Magic
    • Colored pencils
    • Playdoh and Playdoh sets
    • Adult coloring books
    • Journals
    • Watercolor paint
    • Paint canvases
    • Decorative duct tape
  • Toys:
    • Lego sets (small and medium)
    • Matchbox cars
    • Toddler interactive toys
    • Fisher Price Little People toys
    • Items with popular characters (Disney, Frozen, Thomas the Train, Star Wars, Doc McStuffins, Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Peppa Pig)
    • Barbies and clothes
    • Infant rattles and toys
    • Oballs
    • Board games and card games
    • 3-D puzzles
    • Baby dolls of all ethnicities
    • Action figures (Marvel and Justice League)
    • Ponies and horses, dinosaurs
    • No-spill bubble tumblers
    • Nerf basketball hoops
    • Small train cars
    • Tractors and farm animals
    • MyBaby Soundspa Lullaby Sound Machine and Projector
    • Toy medical kits (Fisher Price)
    • Melissa and Doug brand toys
    • Laugh and Learn toys
    • Leapfrog toys
    • Toddler Light and Sound toys
    • Slime
    • Noise Putty and Thinking Putty
    • Small Emoji Pillows
    • Nerf Footballs
    • Crinkle Books for babies
    • BathSets for teens
  • Other
    • Gift bags and tissue for wrapping presents (birthday, end of treatment, etc.)
    • Nail Polish
    • Xbox One controllers


Call our automated gift line at 1-319-467-8087 for detailed information on how to donate.

For additional questions, please call Sheri Austin, Concierge Services, at 1-319-356-1900.